caroline eaton tracey
writer

caroline.e.tracey at gmail dot com

“Enforcing Ecology: Geographies of the Cattle Fever Tick”
Journal of the Southwest 62(4)
Winter 2020

“From the eradication period to the contemporary moment of concern, tick fever changed in popular understanding from an endogenous affliction, a natural part of the landscape, to an invasive threat from Mexico. This was made possible by producing the U.S.-Mexico border as an ecological line, and using the border’s two functions to reinforce one another. Reading tick science and eradication-related agency documents from 1884 to the present, this article traces how the ‘fever
line,’ at first determined climatically as the area above which there wer fewer than 200 frost-free days, was made congruent with the U.S.-Mexico border, and how that border fever line both enabled and was reinforced by metaphors used to describe the disease. Applying the language of
quarantine to ecology transformed a porous and shifting isotherm into a bright-line border, in turn enabling the rhetoric of “threat,” ‘illegality,’ ‘vigilance,’ and ‘invasion’ now used to justify wall building.”






reporting on the Arizona border wall, november 2022 (photo: Eliseu Cavalcante)


with Ellen Waterston and guest judge Raquel Gutiérrez at the 2022 Waterston Desert Writing Prize awards ceremony
Caroline Eaton Tracey writes about environment, migration, and the arts in the US Southwest, Mexico, and their borderlands. She speaks and works in English, Spanish, and Russian. Her first book, SALT LAKES, is under contract to be published by W.W. Norton.

Caroline’s reporting appears in the New Yorker, n+1, the Atlantic, and elsewhere, as well as in Spanish in Mexico’s Nexos. In 2022-2023 she was the climate justice fellow at High Country News. She is also an editor-at-large at Zócalo Public Square.

Her art writing has appeared in Nexos, SFMOMA’s Open Space, and Burlington Contemporary, and her book reviews appear in the European Review of Books and the Nation.

In 2022 she was awarded the Waterston Prize for Desert Writing and in 2023 she received Columbia University’s Ira A. Lipman Fellowship in Journalism and Human and Civil Rights and a Silvers Foundation Work-in-Progress grant.

Caroline holds a PhD in Geography from the University of California, Berkeley. She lives with her wife, Mexican architect and sculptor Mariana GJP, between Tucson, Arizona and Mexico City.

She is represented by Bridget Matzie of Aevitas Creative Management.
Caroline Eaton Tracey escribe sobre el medioambiente, la migración, el arte y la literatura en México, el Suroeste de Estados Unidos y su frontera. Habla ingles, español y ruso. Su primer libro, SALT LAKES será publicado bajo el sello de la editorial W.W. Norton.

Sus artículos aparecen en The New Yorker, n+1 y The Atlantic, entre otros lugares. En español escribe frecuentemente para la revista Nexos. En 2022-2023, cubría la justicia climática para la revista High Country NewsTambién colabora como editora en Zócalo Public Square.

Sus reseñas y ensayos sobre el arte han aparecido en Nexos, Open Space (plataforma del Museo de Arte Moderno de San Francisco) y Burlington Contemporary, y sus reseñas literarias en European Review of Books y The Nation.

En 2022 ganó el Premio Waterston por Escritura del Desierto y en 2023 recibió la beca Ira A. Lipman de periodismo de derechos humanos y civiles de Columbia University y una beca de la Fundación Silvers.

Caroline es Doctora en Geografía de la Universidad de California–Berkeley. Vive con su esposa, la arquitecta y escultora mexicana Mariana GJP, entre Tucson, Arizona y la Ciudad de México.

La representa Bridget Matzie de la agencia literaria Aevitas Creative Management.